Ladies before deciding on a style or look for window treatments, homeowners must first analyze their needs. How important is privacy? First-floor living and dining rooms facing the front of the house, with a street view, require a greater privacy shield at the windows than rooms to the rear or upstairs. What direction is the room’s exposure? If it’s to the south or west, window treatments that screen or block intense sunlight may be desired. In cold climates, windows with a northern exposure may need a window treatment with a high thermal factor for energy efficiency.
Color, pattern, and texture are other design tools that play an important role in window dressings. If the room already features a bright, bold color at the walls, a more subtle palette may be preferred for the window treatment. Or, to avoid a deluge of one color in the space, the color wheel may be consulted to find the right complementary or analogous colors to be used on the window dressings.
WINDOW TREATMENT BENEFITS:
• Screen glare by softening intense light, thereby lessening irritation
• Darken a room by decreasing the amount of direct and indirect light
• Lower air conditioning bills by keeping the inside of the room cooler
• Absorb sound from coming in or going out
• Provide privacy for both day and night.
• Give visual stimulation, comfort and aesthetic satisfaction through colour, texture and patterns.
• Soften the hard lines of the interior and complement the architectural style, lines or scale of a space
• Create a decorative effect, focal point and centre of interest
This is a major consideration that is often successfully accomplished with layered fabrics, liners, shades, shutters or blinds. Sheer fabric that screens and give daylight privacy will not provide privacy at night.
Cost is a factor in two respects. Firstly, there is the initial cost of fabric, which usually must fit into a budget. Secondly, there is the life cycle cost, which is the initial cost divided by the number of years of expected use. Please note, that a costly fabric that will wear long at the window may be more cost efficient in the long run than an inexpensive fabric. On the other hand, some very expensive fabrics do not have a long life span. Drapery fabric prices vary so dramatically, fabric retail prices generally range from approximately $12 to $160 a yard, with some specialty fabrics (hand embroidered, sequined, or pearl studded silks) retailing for as much as $400 and above.
Ahhhhhhhhhite Ladies I hope that helps……
Joe Lockett Brutally – Honest